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"Who sues for a cow"

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Saftleven uses allegory to expose social wrongdoing. By replacing people with animals he mocks those farmers who are persuaded by greedy lawyers to take legal action for the slightest complaint. Behind the lawyer hangs a warning: 'Die wil regten om een koe, die blijft vrij tuys en brengt er nog een toe' (fighting over a cow will cost you at least another).

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Title "Who sues for a cow"
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 82 cm
Height Error: 59,5 is not a valid BCD value cm
Artists Painter: Cornelis Saftleven
Accession number 1768 (OK)
Credits Purchased 1889
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1889
Creation date in 1629
Internal exhibitions Vierendertig honden voor meneer en mevrouw Okkens (2012)
External exhibitions De verbeelding van de Nederlandse spreekwoorden (2006)
De kunst van het lachen - Humor in de Gouden Eeuw (2017)
Roep om rechtvaardigheid (2018)
Boijmans bij de Buren - Meesterlijk! (2019)
Research Show research Alma
Place of manufacture Rotterdam > South Holland > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Cornelis Saftleven

Gorinchem 1607 - Rotterdam 1681

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